“Almost all” Christmastime COVID-19 sufferers in New York Metropolis have been contaminated with the Omicron variant, in line with town Division of Well being.
An evaluation of metropolis knowledge for the week ending in Dec. 25 discovered the extremely transmissible variant was current in 90 p.c of samples collected within the 5 boroughs, officers stated Thursday.
Omicron unfold about 4 occasions quicker than the Delta variant and was the dominant pressure within the metropolis simply 5 weeks after it was detected, the well being division discovered.
There was encouraging information in regards to the severity of the pressure: Omicron sufferers have been lower than half as prone to require hospitalization than Delta sufferers, and absolutely vaccinated sufferers have been eight occasions much less prone to be hospitalized with the most recent variant, in line with the report.
However there have been a better variety of Omicron sufferers within the hospital over the vacations as a result of town’s caseload was hovering to all-time highs, the division famous.
The unvaccinated, folks over 75, and black New Yorkers have been most probably to be hospitalized with Omicron, officers stated — as they defined that “long-term structural racism” was guilty for the racial disparity.
Kids who had not obtained a COVID-19 shot have been additionally “considerably” extra prone to require medical consideration than their inoculated friends, the report stated.
The seven-day common of instances in New York Metropolis was lowering with 28,507 instances a day recorded this week, down from over 42,000 within the first days of the brand new 12 months, knowledge confirmed.
There have been 626 COVID-19 hospitalizations a day and 75 deaths within the metropolis, in line with the newest knowledge.